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FilmAid Launches Multimedia Doc Project Charting Daily Lives Of 500,000 Somali Refugees

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 25, 2013 2:45 PM
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The multimedia documentary initiative is called Dadaab Stories; and it's now live at dadaabstories.org

All the details follow below via press release from FilmAid; a trailer follows underneath:

Dadaab, Kenya – March 25, 2013 – FilmAid is proud to announce the launch of DADAAB STORIES, a new interactive, multimedia documentary project charting everyday life in the world’s largest refugee camp. The vast majority of the nearly 500,000 refugees living in Dadaab are from Somalia, displaced by armed conflict, natural disaster or persecution.

DADAAB STORIES is now available at: www.dadaabstories.org

Bringing together video, poetry, music, community journalism and personal blogs on a cutting edge, interactive website, DADAAB STORIES is a living, curated collection of personal stories from one of the most challenging environments on the planet. DADAAB STORIES allows visitors to explore the refugee experience and engage with Dadaab camp through information and imagery.

“Our goal with DADAAB STORIES is to help open up a window between global audiences and the extraordinary and inspiring community in Dadaab, people we’re privileged to work with every day,” says Liz Manne, Executive Director of FilmAid. “Normally the media only shows up in these far-flung, dusty corners of the globe when headlines are screaming. But it's important to know that life goes on in Dadaab every day -- real, human life in all its colors. Stubborn, confounding, rich, beautiful, comic, messy -- often devastating -- yet sometimes glorious. These lives -- and their stories -- are real, they count and they deserve to be known.” 

About DADAAB STORIES (www.dadaabstories.org

DADAAB STORIES is an evolving online documentary and ultimately a collaborative community media project. It is a place for refugees to share their stories with the world. It is an initiative of FilmAid, a humanitarian media organization that has been making, teaching and screening films in Dadaab since 2006.

DADAAB STORIES is nonlinear and multimedia. Stories are told through video, photography, poetry, music and journalism. Everyone in the Dadaab refugee camp has a story to tell, and this is the place to share these stories. Just like Dadaab itself, DADAAB STORIES is always changing, and new content is added regularly.

DADAAB STORIES is a groundbreaking web initiative, which utilizes the Tumblr social media platform in ways that have never been seen before.  Accessing Tumblr's enormous, vibrant community will ensure these important stories are seen and shared among a diverse audience.

DADAAB STORIES was inspired by the countless untold stories of refugees living in Dadaab and around the globe. Acting as an art piece, oral history archive and advocacy tool, DADAAB STORIES brings the daily realities of refugees closer to a global audience than ever before.

Produced by FilmAid and supported by the TFI New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation, DADAAB STORIES is an online community, welcoming partners including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Internews, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Active Voice, Shelbyville Multimedia, Refugees International, IRIN, Handicap International, Cinemoi, RefugePoint, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Peace One Day, Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK), Creative Time, Refugees United, Star FM, Jesuit Hakamani Centre and Catholic Refugee Services.

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  • Nancy Proesel | March 25, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    When I visited Dadaab back in 2010, I was there very briefly, so I really appreciated being able to experience this refugee camp in detail.

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